Friday, October 13, 2006

Akuna Bay Events, d'Albora Marinas, Akuna Bay

Akuna Bay Events, d'Albora Marinas, Akuna Bay
Friday 13 October, 2006

Akuna Bay Events has opened! This is a great win for those of us who love this area. The restaurant space has been vacant for several years and it's great that Roger (Manager) and Beau (Chef) have taken the plunge.

Tonight was their second week of operation and they are currently open for Friday night dinner and brunch/ lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant space is large and Akuna Bay Events have created an elegant, inviting area on Level 1 of the marina. You can stop by for drinks and lounge around in the bar area or sit inside in the large open dining space or outside on the intimate balcony.

Akuna Bay is a stunning area and the restaurant looks out across the marina and all the boats - it's just beautiful. Roger greeted us warmly and is very keen to make this restaurant work, hence their slow & steady approach with opening hours. Beau is passionate about his food and is very particular about where he sources it and the quality.

As their website states,

'Our menu style is provincial Mediterranean with a strong French influence, which keeps the flavours light but complex. Our Michelin trained, multi award winning chef Beau Lawson's extensive menu covers everything from Canapes to fine dining.'

I started with mussels in a tomato broth - the mussels were served in an enormous bowl and were very large - they tasted so fresh and full of flavour and the tomato soup they sat in was rich and tasty. My dinner buddies ordered the QLD scallops that were very plump and tasty.

For main, I ordered the jewfish on a pumpkin stack and my dinner buddies ordered the duck breast tartlet and the veal backstrap fillet served on root vegetable ratatouille. The food was lovely, well cooked and you could definitely taste the fine quality of the produce.

The presentation of the dishes was first class, however there are still some teething issues to iron out with service. At times we felt the staff were falling over themselves to meet our needs and at other times we felt neglected. They will get this right over time, once they employ dedicated staff who understand their vision.

Akuna Bay Events - d'Albora Marinas, Akuna Bay - T: 9913 8593


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